Fabulously Alpaca @ Joma Alpacas
Six years ago “JOMA ALPACAS” was established on a small property in the Yarra valley in Victoria. However it soon became obvious that we had to look for a larger property to accommodate our ever growing herd. Our search eventually found us settling at Merton at the foot of the Strathbogie Ranges Victoria on a 45 acre highly productive property named Cloverlea.
After some 5 ½ Years we went a step further by opening our FABULOUSLY ALPACA on-farm alpaca product shop on the 6th August 2011 As our official retirement age drew closer we felt that we needed to fill our days with something more challenging/interesting than just reading, knitting, golf or bowls. These usual retirement activities did not appeal to us at all and just to travel all the time has it’s limitations. Hence an in-house alpaca product shop idea evolved over many months and is now a reality.
Many of the products we stock come from Peru where they are made by local artisans in cottage style industries. Others come from New Zealand and Australia. They include bed throws, knee rugs, jumpers (adult and children) gloves, scarves, socks, beanies, gloves , knitting yarn with patterns for scarves, doonas and of course alpaca fleece for the spinning enthusiasts. We also carry a small selection of hand made soaps and small gift card (made by our 8 yr old granddaughter)
We have been able to go to several market days @ Yark, Mansfield, Violet Town and the prestigious well known Wangaretta Jazz Festival. A big plus has been the ability to be part of the Tesselaar Tulip Festival during September October which was a good boost to our trading and to introduce thousands of oversees visitors to our alpacas. It is amazing how many people have never seen or touched an alpaca.
We are open 6 days (closed on Sundays) from 10-4. It is advisable to phone first however as we still have off farm commitments and of course participating at various shows. Groups and bus tours are most welcome, please phone to book a time. Coffee & tea are available to groups at a modest fee.
3262 Merton Euroa Road
Merton, Victoria, 3715
Contact Christine van Poppel
Phone: 03 5778 9595
Mob 0438 160 846